Story for 300 Prequel ‘Xerxes’ is Done

Published 5 years ago by , Updated December 16th, 2009 at 9:24 am,

xerxes 300 prequel Story for 300 Prequel Xerxes is Done

After the success of Zack Snyder’s epic rated-R action flick, 300, the question became “When can they do a follow-up and how can they make a story to build off of the success of the first?”

As we know, our Spartan heroes all meet their doom at the end with the exception of the narrator Dilios played by David Wenham. This would mean that in order to bring back Gerard Butler’s King of bad-ass and internet parodies, Leonidas, it would either have to be a prequel or include flashbacks to earlier battles with him involved. The first movie was about Dilios telling the story of Leonidas and his 300 men, so perhaps the next installment could do the same.

Since Butler is the poster-boy of the 300, he’d have to come back and fortunately for us fans, Butler is interested in the 300 prequel as is writer/artist Frank Miller, producer Marc Canton and director Zack Snyder. The good news it that Miller has now completed the story for the prequel and has given it a name…

According to LA Times’ Hero Complex blog, Frank Miller revealed that he’s finished the plot for the film and has started the artwork. The title of the project is now Xerxes, the name of the super-tall “god-king” played by Rodrigo Santoro in 300.

“It’s the battle of Marathon through my lens. I’ve finished the plot and I’m getting started on the artwork.”

Just over a year ago at a Warner Bros. presentation for Watchmen, Zack Snyder revealed that the next movie would take place “between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Plataea.” I’m curious how they’ll work Xerxes into another story of the Spartans we know and love from the first flick.

What’s great to hear is that – like the first movie – it is being made as a complete graphic novel first. When Miller was still working on the story a while back, Snyder said he’d have no hand in the graphic novel and only when it was finished would they look at it to make a screenplay. Snyder has said all along that he’d only make another if there was another graphic novel first and I respect what he’s doing.

I hope that Miller’s new book is good enough for Snyder and the studio to make another great movie out of and that they can bring back the cast members from 300. There was a ton of time spent having the actors go through a rigorous workout, but for the money the film banked, it was worth it.

What do you think of Xerxes and the story being about the Battle of Marathon?

Source: Hero Complex

TAGS: 300, Xerxes
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  1. “Through my lens” should be interesting bearing in mind the Spartans weren’t at Marathon and the Persian forces were being led by Xerxes’ father Darius. The only way of featuring Leonidas fighting without simply inventing it would be to have some kind of dual narrative: Marathon and the period between Thermopylae and Plataea.

    And before you say it, Rob, yeah I know 300 wasn’t exactly a documentary either!

  2. Let’s hope Miller sticks with graphic novels and comic books and stays out of the director’s chair..The Spirit was just about one of THE worse films I ever watched..

  3. Good story, bad title.

  4. I still haven’t seen that yet, greenknight – it really was as bad as the trailers then?

  5. @ Big Dentist

    I mean I always say to each their own you know but it was awful(wishing for MIB tech to wipe it from my mind or an Etchasketch shake, rattle and erase from my long term memories..) If Miller was going for campy then it was too campy for campy!! I can’t in good conscience recommend it!!

    Now excuse me I have to go get a shower..I somehow feel dirty having talked about it!! 😉

  6. Hehe, sounds like an ideal Christmas present for someone you never want to see again!

  7. the spirit was bad, but i loved how they did the guns xD superpowerful! i was hoping for another Sin City, but the spirit just fell too short:\ oh well, but im really excited about this one, Snyder is one of the best directors ever:)300 and watchmen was brilliant!i hope butler will feature in it:D

  8. @ Big Dentist

    It is ideal for that!! LOL!!

  9. Man a 300 prequel. i can wait to see it and read the novel..bringing back all the actors will be amazing and to see how they will fit in at marathon. you know instead of marathon, miller can look into the spartan,athens wars im sure we can see a lot better battles between those two city states with two different fighting styles and how they traded off wins. anyway cant believe a prequel is in the making of one of my favorite movies. i wish i can be apart of the spartan falenx.

  10. Battle of marathon will be awesome……miller should look into the spartan and athens wars. im sure tge batte scenes will be way better cuz of there two different fighting styles watching them trade off battle wins…..spartan way of life should still exist. i wish i can be apart of the movie and the spartan falenx